Monday, September 25, 2017

Faux Metal Impressions for Freshly Made Sketches

Stampin' Up! recently did a video tutorial on the Faux Metal Impressions technique and it's one that I haven't used for a long time, so I was reminded about it by the video and was anxious to use it again. I was particularly excited to use it with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, which we didn't have back when I first tried this technique out. Copper embossing powder makes such a warm, rich metallic finish that's perfect for fall cards.

The sketch from this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches was perfect to use with this idea. Here's their banner:

And I brought the Paisleys & Posies stamp set out after a long hiatus to do the honours. I don't know about you, but I normally find this to be a really hard stamp set to use effectively. It was, however, absolutely perfect for this card, because of all the detail inside the large paisley design. Here's how it turned out:

  • To do this technique involves heat embossing with a metallic embossing powder (I chose Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder) on a piece of cardstock, doing it over and over until you have several layers. I completed 4 layers for this one. The last time you use your Versamark-coated stamps to stamp right into the hot, soft embossing powder layers. When it cools, you can easily remove your stamps and they leave impressions behind. It doesn't leave any embossing powder on the stamps, or melt the stamps at all. They are as good as new, or at least as good as the condition they were in before you stamped!
  • I used two different patterns from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper for the background panels. This is another product that I have found difficult to use in the past, but which works out perfectly for this project. The rich foil colours on the kraft background add to the warmth and richness of this card.
  • The matte layer is the Copper Foil sheet. I fell in love with this foil the moment I saw it in last year's Holiday Catalogue and the love affair has continued this year. The card base is Fresh Fig.

  • The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest stamp set, and here I heat embossed it in Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut it with a banner framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set. I die cut a piece of Copper Foil Sheet with that same banner die to get the copper frame for the sentiment. I adhered both the frame and sentiment middle on another scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to give it the strength it needed to stay together, then mounted it on Dimensionals on the card front.

On Saturday, I held a very successful Holiday Catalogue Launch. Although much of the decor you see here was cased from the Holiday Catalogue, it was still fun and effective in giving my guests a clear idea of what the catalogue holds. 

We played a game of Stampamon Go, where I place stickers with QR Codes matching several different new products from the Holiday Catalogue around my house and the guests had to find the stickers, scan them to find out what products they represented and then write down the location of the sticker they found for the product listed on the page they had. Everyone really enjoyed that.

There was great food and lots of door prizes and tons of good food for everyone.

If you live in the area, you'll have to come out for my next one! Guaranteed good time!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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  1. This card is gorgeous! Warm and rich, perfect for this season. You have inspired me to try this technique. Is it safe for rubber stamps as well as photomolymer?

  2. I think I have done it in the past with rubber stamps, Hansi, but I can't remember. I would think they would be more durable than photopolymer. Coat the stamp in versa mark before you stamp it into the hot, melted embossing powner. It Wil help to protect the stamp and make it easier to remove from the faux metal when it has cooled. Has anyone else tried it with red rubber?

  3. Beautiful metallic card! Your faux metal image looks gorgeous. It's been many, many years since I've done this technique, but it's a goody! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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